The Angonoka Tortoise has been on the endangered species list since 1996. There are believed to be an estimated 200-600 of these rare tortoises in the wild. (However, there are more that are in being bread in captivity in conservation programs. They are noted to grow up to 43 cm long, and the males are larger than the females. Males also outnumber females in the wild. Between the poaching and having to hunt for food, it is thought that the tortoise population will be extinct within a few decades. These tortoises are highly sought after because of the beauty of their shell, with the age lines being more than any other species of tortoise.
The Angonoka Tortoise can only be found in one place in the world and that is Madagascar. They are threatened of becoming extinct within their natural habitat. Here are some facts about where they live.
· The Angonoka Tortoise comes from a very remote area near Baly Bay in Northwestern Madagascar.
· Their habitat has been decreased from covering nearly 100 sq km to now less than 12 sq km that it divided and separated.
· The climate is tropical with seasonal rainfall ad outlying dry deciduous forest made up from lots of foliage and bamboo. This makes for safe shelter and constant grazing.